Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Lance Cpl. Richard P. Slocum

19, of Saugus, California.
Slocum died due a non-combat related vehicle accident near Abu Gharib, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. Died on October 24, 2004.

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"Brother, the world is not the same without you. You are often in my thoughts and I miss you a lot."
Josh B. of Jacksonville, NC

"I keep praying, your the reason I keep Praying~ love and miss U Richie~"
Norma of mll ak

"I dreampt of you!"
norma of oahu, hi

"Another winter..... told my sister bout the dreams of you~ I miss You~ close my eyes~"
norma of big ak

"Marshmellow sand face~ and beers~"
normA of ak

"Love you Richie"
Norma of ak

"I can still hear your laugh~ xoxo"
Norma of ak

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ0GjcNHkUU&feature=share&list=RDbPmrs3HGw94"
Norma of ak

"keeping you and your family in my prayers~ only after loosing family myself... my mom and dad. I can still remember your laugh~ love you always
~"
Norma of Ak

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBFWUS4yRMQ&feature=youtu.be"
Norm... of hawaii ak

"missing you..."
norma of marshall

"I miss u Rich"
Norma of narnia alaska

"LCpl. Ricky Slocum/USMC
2/2/85 – 10/24/04
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Our Dearest Ricky,

Nine years have passed yet we still feel your presence, and the loss, every day. Memories of you are so vivid. Sometimes it feels as though you are just in the other room—instead of in heaven rejoicing with the angels.

In talking to Pastor Dave one day recently, he commented on how just one life—your life—can and has left so many “ripples”. We think about all the lives you touched in life, and in death, and realize how true that is. God has used your death so many ways. In trying to honor you and your sacrifice, our journey has taken us places we would not have imagined. Our lives look absolutely nothing like we thought they would, but still we are richly blessed.

We miss your gorgeous smile, handsome face, loving heart, quick wit, big hugs and hearing you say “I love you” every time you left the house—just to name a few things. Love never dies. Until we can be with you again~

Forever In Our Hearts,
Mom, Dad, Kimberly, Robbie (and Dylan)"

"Thank you for your Friendship and Love, I keep u in my prayers.........."
norma of ak

"Sending prayers to all of your family and friends....... I love you so much, and miss you so much...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALp39fFc-Bs"
Norma of Ak

"Happy Labor day Weekend......... Love you so much......................... I dreampt of u"
Norma of the big AK

"I remember when u thought Hawaii was the coolest! I just want you back Richie..."
Norma of ak

"ur still my babie!! I love u......."
Norma of AK

"Happy 4th Richie. love U!"
Norma of hawaii

"I still think of You. I will never forget you.. Pray for you and your family and true friends"
Norma of Ak

"i will never forget u Rich! never!"
Norma of ak

"Happy Turkey day Rich:) Atleast u wont chew a hawaain sand in the meal.. i remember u told me! we laughed so hard... i can still hear your voice! May God Unite You with All that Love You.. You are always in my prayers! xoxo"
Norma of AK

"I knew Rick since Jr. High. We weren't great friends but cordial acquaintances.I owe him for his service. He will be remembered. Semper Fi, to all the fallen Leathernecks."
The Fat American of Los Angeles, CA

"still cryin for u.. my gram and brother say i sound like a sad wolf"
Norma

"Semper Fi Babe.:) thats what u used 2 say. i love you so much, i still you today"
norma of ak

"IMY so much.... nothing compares to you.... imy"
norma of ak

"Its like your deployed... i love and miss you 4ever, you are always in my thoughts and prayers..."
NormA of Ak

"RIP Dear Richie,
I think of you alot, this year alot.. You will never be forgotten.. Prayers to your family!
Always praying for you!"
Norma of The Big AK

"Ricky, today I will be mentioning your brave service to our county to a group of mortgage professionals near your home base in Hawaii. I will be inspiring all in attendance to live a life of purpose because you gave your life for their freedom. SCV remembers you and will never forget our fallen community son!"
Fred Arnold of SCV

"As another Memorial Day nears, I feel the sadness and loss fill my heart. To honor you I will remember your love for your famiy and friends, your smile and how proud you were to serve our country"
Love Robin of Saugus

"I thought about you last night Marine. I wish you and your family the best. I love you and what you did for us in Iraq. Semper Fi."
SSgt Williams of Jacksonville, NC

"LCpl. Ricky Slocum/USMC
2/2/85 – 10/24/04
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Our Dearest Ricky,

It is so hard to believe another year has passed without you. With the help of God, our faith and friends, we have found the strength to rebuild our lives—but the loss of your physical presence is always with us
.
We once again have very full lives, we can’t help but reflect sometimes on “what might have been” had you not been killed in Iraq. Would you have come home from battle and still had your huge heart and fun loving spirit—or would you have had new demons to conquer? Would you have fulfilled your dream of going on to college and entering law enforcement? Would you be married with precious children for us to spoil? We will never know what “might have been”. What we do know is you are as alive in our memories today as when you were here with us, and we would not trade one memory of who you were or what you meant to all those who loved you for anything in the world.

You are still today, and always, a part of us. We love you and miss you.

Dad, Mom, Kim, Robbie (and Dylan)"
Bob Slocum of Saugus, CA

"MISS YOU EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE!! YOUR ONE AND ONLY nOrma. i DIED W U! PLEASE take me!"
Norma of AK

"Semper Fidelis. Fair winds and following seas."
Brian Christopher Carmody of Corona, South California

"Im still lost with out you, You told me to be strong, when you were gone, i was, you said beleive in what you beleive in! i beleived in us, and god, now im lost with out you and i feel like god failed me. but i still pray for you, i miss our awesome hawaiin days! Semper Fi, no 1 will ever replace you. you are always in my thoughts and prayers, everyday!!
Norma :) im still standing here lost without you, hawaii was our paradise"
Norma

"Always there for you, maui was a blur..
i think of u everyday. uve been in my thoughts and prayers since hawaii
miss u lots...
your one and only marilyn monroe "norma""
Norma

"LCpl. Ricky Slocum
2/2/85 – 10/24/04
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Our Dearest Ricky,

Today as we reflect on the last 6 years without you, there are many things we have learned on our grief journey. One thing we have learned is that time does not heal—but God does. The all-consuming pain of losing you has given way to a deep sadness that will always be part of us—but through God we also are able to experience joy again in the midst of our loss. We could not have imagined our lives without you—but we have been given strength to survive the unimaginable. We have found peace as we navigate the new reality of our lives. God is good.

Your friends still share how much they miss you—which is a bond we now have. We will celebrate your life again tonight with others who loved you—and some who did not know you but God has brought along beside us to support us. Their collective demonstration that you are not forgotten, and your sacrifice is still remembered and appreciated, help comfort us.

You are still today, and always, a part of us. We love you and miss you.
Dad, Mom, Kim, Robbie (and Dylan)"
Bob Slocum of Saugus, CA

"Ricky, I just found this message page and it is so beautiful to read all the loving messages to you and your family. I still think about you and the sacrifice you made for all of us. I will never forget that beautiful service for you and how many people were there to show their love of you and support for your family. You left a big mark on this world, you touched the lives of all who were lucky to know you. To Ricky's parents, I only hope knowing how much he was loved and is missed will take away some of the pain. I am so sorry for your loss."
Michelle Brooks (Granville) of Saugus

"REST IN PEACE RICHIE"
Norma

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY CUZ. I STILL MISS YOU MORE THAN EVER. ILL NEVER FORGET OUR LAST DANCE TO GARTH BROOKS " FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES"....I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!"
Kayde Coleman of Santa Clarita

"Ricky, we still miss you and your wonderful smile! You will be in our hearts forever more"
Erica Stafford of Santa Clarita, ca

"Mr Slocum, I met your mother yesterday and found out about you. I could see in your mom's eyes that she thinks of you every day. My family will pray for you and your family. Thank you for your sacrafice to keep this country safe for my children and all the American Children! My God bless you and may you be filled with joy where every you are!"
Fred Arnold of Santa Clarita

"Ritchie,
its been a while.
but I still think of You.
Your in my thoughts and prayers.
You and your family.
May god grant us eternal life!
love you lots, semper fi"
Norma of USA

"10-24-09"

LCpl. Ricky Slocum - USMC
2/2/85 – 10/24/04
Operation Iraqi Freedom

It has been five years since we lost you, our dear Ricky, and not a day has passed that you have not been in our thoughts. We can’t imagine that will ever change, or that we will ever miss you any less. What has changed is the tears no longer flow daily when we think about you, and we can smile more often when we talk about all the wonderful memories we have. You were here such a relatively short time, but your exuberance for life left us with so many entertaining stories to cherish. (Albeit, we didn’t find some of the stories “entertaining” when we were living them with you; we will not share those stories with Dylan until he is much older!)

We remember your famous smile, your great hugs, your deep love for your family, friends, the Marines, and your country—as well as how much you loved to have friends over to hang out in the spa, sing country music while you drove, chasing all the pretty girls, and the infamous “fight club”. You were such a character, with such a capacity for love and living!

Our comfort in the midst of our loss is the certainty that because of your relationship with Christ we know we will be able to be with you again one day. For now, we hold on to the precious times we had with you. How fortunate we were to have you in our lives!

We had your 5th candlelight vigil in our driveway last night and there were over 100 of your firends and family that still show up in your honor for paying the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

We love you so much, dearest Ricky. You are forever in our hearts,

Dad, Mom, Kim, Robbie (and Dylan)"
Bob Slocum of Saugus, CA

"10/24/09. Wow. 5 years :(
(*big deep breath*) I am on my way to see you right now and before i go i just wanted to leave a message for you, your family, and any close friends. We Miss you Babe!!! More than anything. Wethink about you everyday. You are such a prize person to have in our lives. How lucky are we? :) You served us well on earth & without a doubt serving the Lord even better. Make us proud Ricky, We'll see you before you know it. love & miss you!"
Jennifer L, Gales of Valencia, CA

"Ricky, *sigh*
Four years have gone by. It seems like just yesterday we were walking & laughing around the high school campus. I miss you today more than ever! its so hard to hold back the tears. Your family & friends are in my prayers today. I love & miss you."
Jennifer Gales of Valencia, CA

"Hard to believe its been 4 years. Ricky is remembered by so many who cherished his friendship and bright smile. He will always be in our hearts. Today more than ever we miss him."
Robin of Saugus California

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Richard P. Slocum:
Richard gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"9-25-08
Ritchie,
I am honored to have known you.
May you walk in the kingdom of heaven and may we meet again. all of us..
I sure Miss you. You were a good friend. I think of you often. Rest In Peace my dear friend Ritchie! Love You Forever. My sympathy to your family.
Semper Fi"
Norma

"Ricky was one of those guys that had a real personable charm. He was just real even-keeled and a fun guy to be around. I am honored to have gotten to know him and he will never be forgotten in my heart. He gave and served to protect this country, to that, I owe him my respect and gratitude. RIP Ricky, and may your family find peace knowing you are taken care of by the Father. Love will prevail."
Josh Doohen of Sioux Falls, SD

"Ricky passed almost 4 years ago, but every day he is still always on my mind. He's an amazing man and has an amazing soul. He is forever in my heart and those who had the pleasure of meeting him. I have a picture of him hanging from my car mirror, everyday i press a kiss to it. He is missed every moment! The slocum family & friends of rick are in my prayers. - Jennifer Gales"
Jennifer L, Gales of Valencia, CA

"May 27, 2008

Ricky,

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." You taught me the meaning of this quote and for this I am forever grateful. I may not be around to visit you much anymore but please know that I take you with me everywhere. You give me strength in this world to carry on and hope for a fulfilled life. Thank you for the many gifts you gave me in my life, you will never know how you saved me. You are my hero and more importantly my friend. I am honored to have known you Rick and I miss you every day. Keep watching over all of us who miss you, we need the guidance. You are never forgotten Ricky. I love you."
Yours Truly of Saugus, CA

"I LOVE YOU. I MISS YOU. I KNOW UNCLE BOB AND YOU ARE TOGETHER. I'M PROUD OF YOU.

YOUR COUSIN FOREVER."
CORI DESMOND of TORRANCE

"To the Slocum's
So sorry for your loss."
J.Slocum of Austin,Tx

"Dear Slocum Family:
The greatest gift for us at home this Christmas is Cpl. Slocum's sacrifice. Thank You, from our family to yours for the enduring gift of freedom which comes to us at so costly a price. You are in our prayers."
Beville family of Glendale, CA

"To the Family of LCpl Richard Slocum,
Even though we've never met you or your Son, we feel like we have. We live just one block away from you. We first heard of Richard at the time of his passing. Our son was in the Air Force JROTC Color Guard for Richards memorial at Valencia High School. We're reminded of him every time we take our evening walk passed your house. I cant help but feel a welling up of pride in him for his service to our /his country as a U.S. Marine. We've seen your sticker on your vehicle around town and just tonight ,we saw the crowd of his friends for his anniversary memorial at your home. Each time we see these reminders of his life and service we want to let you know of the sense of pride we feel for him. As a former Navy SEABEE (way back in the 80's), I had a chance to see what it really took to become a marine, as I worked along side them. Knowing now how much effort and sacrifice he had to go through to earn his Eagle Globe and Anchor, I'm even more proud of him. As we've read all of the postings here of people he's touched, we just wanted to let you know that even in his falling he's still touching his neighbors.
Semper Fi"
Jeff and Monica Rosas of Saugus , California

"Slocum was one of the best Heavy Machine Gunners I ever knew in the Corps. His dedication was continually proven to me by his outstanding knowledge for his MOS, his commitment to an outstanding physical fitness regiment, and his reliability of doing the absolute best at any task at hand. Slocum inspired me to become a better leader to him, Diaz, and Robbins. Together, we formed the greatest gun team in 1/3; even Dan Daly would have been impressed. Unfortunately, we had to break into new fire teams once in Iraq. When Slocum died a piece of all of us died. It felt as if I had lost a brother, and I had. Slocum will always be remembered as my hero of that war and we were lucky to have had a true patriot in our ranks."
Sergeant Chamberlain of Glendale, AZ

"Rick you were one of a kind i have so many memories and still am reminded of you daily and everything you have done you were so dedicated to everything you did and i am glad that i had a chance to have you leave and impression on my life and the 100s of friends you had r.i.p. you will never be forgotten"
ryan of santa clarita

"peace out rick dog,you'll never be forgotton."
Pavle of Saugus

"Bob and Kay,
I hope the hurt in your heart will soon subside. Your son was the most amazing "big brother" ever. My brother had friends come by all of the time, but when Ricky was around he was not just another friend, He was a Brother, and a part of the family. Thank you for giving my family such a wonderful gift to be blessed with his awsome presence. God bless. You are in my prayers."
Liz of Saugus, Ca... USA

"Ricky Slocum was one of those guys you thought he was invicinble and no one or nothing could ever stop him. he was a one of a kind guy if you ever got to know him with more friends then anyone i ever knew. i feel so lucky thanks to jason cox for gettin to know rick he is a legend and will never be forgotten i miss u rick"
ryan kroschinsky of VALENCIA , CA

"The memory of Ricky is strong as I look at the stars and wonder. I am constantly reminded of him as I proudly display the button with his picture in his USMC uniform in my home office. He inspires me not to give up and I pray for all the troops overseas to come home safely soon. Having been a civilian contractor in that area I know of the pain that one faces there. My prayers and support are always with the Slocum family as well as the families of service men and women."
Herman Posada of Saugus, California

"Dear Slocum,
We send our love to you and your family. We all miss you here at k bay. everytime we have a gathering for holidays everyone has a great story to tell of you. My husband (bj robbins)has always had great things to say of you, he has always thought you were a great friend and marine. I want to thank you for everything you have done for everyone, for your friends and family and for those little things you did for Bj and I. You are very much remembered here in hawaii. To your family..... I want to let you know that on his anniversary we went to the memorial site here on base and placed flower for your hero. He is a hero to us as well. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you."
Lacey Robbins of USMC base Hawaii

"Thank you so much for your sacrifice and God Bless you."
Annabelle of Las Vegas, Nv USA

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"11-02-05

To all of Ricky's Friends and Relatives that have posted messages at the "Fallen Heroes" site,

As you can imagine, this last week has been very emotional--October 24th being the 1st anniversary of his passing and today, November 2nd, the day of his memorial service.

Kay and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed messages to this site to honor Ricky's sacrafice for his country. We would also like to thank all of Ricky's friends who participated in a candlelight vigil in our driveway last Monday. To know that so many people still hold Ricky's memory close to their hearts comforts us and is such an honor to to his memory.

Our door will always be open and we hope you will continue to come by and visit anytime."
Bob, Kay Slocum and Family of Saugus, CA

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"Bob and Kay,
"All gave some.... but some gave all" and that is exactally what your son did. not matter what it was invovling he always did it 100%. i miss him so much and it is so hard to belive that it is almost a full year scince he has past. i pray for you family everyday and i wish you all the best."
Madison Moore of Saugus

"Rick Doggy Dawg

I will never forget all the everlasting memories you brought to my life. From the time I meet you in baseball to the time you left for the corp. you never left a dull moment in my life. You were someone everyone could count on even through the tough times we had through high school. I'm very proud of you and I can say the same for every other SAUGUS BOY to roam this town. I know your smiling down on your family and friend and always protecting us through our daily struggles. Thank you for giving me the freedom I have today, and until we meet again may God bless your soul the same way you are blessing ours.

To Bob and Kay
You couldn't have created a better Solider. I thank you for sharing Rick in my life. Hope all is well and I look forward to seeing you both very soon.
mfoulds@alliancefunds.com"
Mike Foulds of Saugus,CA

"Slocum was one of my closest friends. I can remember all the good times we had together like it was yesterday. Rick was a loyal trustworthy friend and i'm proud to say he was my best friend."
Jason Cox of Valencia

"To the family of Richard P. Slocum, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom May you know the peace and comfort that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga.U S A

"TO MY FAMILY,
I MISS RICKY SO DEARLY, HE WAS A FAVORITE OF A COUSIN. I MISS HIM DEARLY ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD TOGEATHER AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS SMILE...IT ALWAYS BROUGHT A SMILE ON MY FACE. I THINK ABOUT HIM EACH AND EVERY DAY! HE WAS A RESPECTED SOLDIER AND IM THANKFUL FOR HIM...HE WAS A GREAT PERSON AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART JUST FOR HIM....I LOVE YOU RICKY AND I MISS YOU DEARLY!
LOVE YOUR COUSIN,
KAYDE"
KAYDE COLEMAN of CANYON COUNTRY, CA

"To the family of LCpl Ricard slocum:
My deepest condolenses to you as I know how you feel. My son, LCpl Andrew Riedel was killed with your son/husband on Oct 30th. At this time it is very difficult to come to terms with and it still feels unbelievable, but Praying and my memories help. Please contact me so I can have your address. Mine is 9808 rapp lane, northglenn,co,80260
In christian love
Sherri Busch
pmm of LCpl Andrew Riedel"
Sherri Busch of Northglenn, Co

"Ricky and his family,
we will never forget Ricky, he will be in the hearts and minds of all the people he knew forever. i wasnt close with him in recent years,we played warrior football and skated together in 8th and 9th grade. i remember looking up to Ricky and having nothing but respect and love for him. i will never forget you Ricky."
chad yarvitz of valencia CA

"To the family of Richard;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Richard is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless your family during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Slocum- I knew you briefly, but most of all i'm glad i knew you. You served with such honor, courage, and committment and though your death is tragic, you died doing what you loved. I can only thank you for your sacrafice for this great nation and for fighting for the freedom all of us enjoy. You'll forever be in my heart, memory, mind, and prayers. God Bless! Semper Fi!"
Nikki of Canyon Country, CA

"Corporal Slocum, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Richard, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

""To his Family and Friends!!!
I'm really sorry about your loss. Losing someone we love is never easy to accept, and sometimes it much seem as if the pain is almost too much to bear. But I believe that your love will outlast the pain of the grief you're feeling... I believe that you have a place deep in your heart where treasured memories will always live. And one day those memories will be a tremendous comfort to you. Until the day when you can smile again, I hope it helps to know how sorry I am and how much we all will miss him dearly. Ricky is a hero that will always be remembered and NEVER forgotten""
hana of saugus, ca, us

"To his Family and Friends!!!
I'm really sorry about your loss. Losing someone we love is never easy to accept, and sometimes it much seem as if the pain is almost too much to bear. But I believe that your love will outlast the pain of the grief you're feeling... I believe that you have a place deep in your heart where treasured memories will always live. And one day those memories will be a tremendous comfort to you. Until the day when you can smile again, I hope it helps to know how sorry I am and how much we all will miss him dearly. Ricky is a hero that will always be remembered and NEVER forgotten"
Heather of Saugus, CA, US

"To Ricky's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
RICKY WAS NOT ONLY A HERO TO HIS COUNTRY BUT TO ALL HIS FRIENDS AS WELL.THE TIMES RICKY AND I SPENT TOGETHER WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER. HIS UNFORGETABLE SMILE ALWAYS BROUGHT RELIEF IN TIMES OF TENSION. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY."
RYAN ANNETT of SAUGUS,CA

"Dear family and loved ones,
I am so sorry to hear for your lose. I am dating a Marine who will most likely be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan. I know the hell you have been through is worse than anyone can imagine, but what gets me through the nights is that I know that he loves me and that if my marine dies, it will be in honor. He will be giving up his life for our country and for our freedom. Your marine, and all of the other soldiers and marines that have lost their life to our country, are my hero. So thank you for raising such a great man. You should definitely be proud. Thank you once more and may God forver watch over you all and your loved one."
Priscilla Rippes of Miami, Florida

"To the Family of Richard Slocum:
May you find peace during your times of sorrow. It is never easy to lose a love one so soon. God bless.

Richard, thank you for your sacrifices. I also lost my brother Spc. Edgar Daclan, Jr. a month ago. May you watch over us. You are all HEROES."
Iris Daclan (sister of a fallen soldier) of Annapolis, MD

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Richard P. Slocum,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California

"To the friends and family of Lance Cpl Richard Slocum,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully,"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To the family of Richard Slocum,
I loved ricky with all my heart. H e was a good friend to me. Ricky loved and touched so many people. Ricky was kind and loving yet tough and unbreakable. He loved fighting for his country and now i have a story to tell my grandkids when i grow old of how my good friend died fighting for our freedom and for his country that he loved. He will always be a hero and a legend in my heart and i know many people feel the same. My best wishes and prayers are with you. Ricky was a one of a kind guy and he will be missed but he will live on in all our hearts."
Ryan Kroschinsky (a.k.a kro) of Valencia , CA

"To Richard's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Richard P. Slocum."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Thank you Richard Slocum, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Richard Slocum:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Richard for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Richard Slocum:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Richard, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on